Quick Ways to Spruce Up a Kitchen Before the Holidays

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Somehow, the holidays have a way of sneaking up on us. With friends and family arriving soon, many homeowners take a hard look at their kitchens—and panic. You’re probably fielding calls from clients who want kitchen makeovers, pronto. While any major re-dos will have to wait for the new year, there’s still time to refresh a space before the first guest arrives. Here are three easy updates you can get in under the holiday wire.

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Set the Mood with Lighting

The right lighting is key to creating a party atmosphere and can be very forgiving. Ditch those dingy, dated fixtures for fresh selections. Consider a more contemporary scale and place oversized pendants above the island. LED strips installed under the cabinets provide extra task lighting as needed and then create a soft glow when the overhead lights are turned down low. (Don’t forget to add dimmer switches, by the way!)

Another favorite quick-fix solution is to set a table lamp on the counter or island. This unexpected move brings warmth and coziness to the kitchen.

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Replace the Hardware and Faucet

New hardware can resuscitate older kitchen cabinets. While finish options abound, unlacquered brass and other warm metals remain on-trend choices. Opting for sleek bar pulls will provide an instant style update.

Hands-down, the hottest look in kitchen faucets is a matte-black finish. For a clean, modern vibe, pair the bold faucet with hardware in a matching tone. To go in a more sophisticated direction, combine a black faucet with gold hardware.

kitchen art

Add Statement Artwork

Kitchens are, at their core, utilitarian spaces. Introducing artwork makes them more approachable and homey. Hang a single, over-scaled piece that catches the eye, or curate a gallery wall for whimsical charm.

Art doesn’t need to be pricey to make a big impact. Scour local flea markets for vintage oil paintings and colorful posters. Create a meaningful wall composition with framed family photos or children’s artwork. Or “shop” your client’s china cabinet and hang a collection of beautiful plates.

We all want our kitchens to shine brightly during the holidays – and throughout the year, for that matter. These quick swaps and additions will spruce up a kitchen in no time. Stop by Friedman’s for help getting your clients’ kitchens in top-notch shape.

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